Questions around the inclusion, recognition, marriage, ordination (And, in some extreme cases, even the existence) of LGBT* people continue to challenge and divide the Body of Christ.
The Vineyard, rooted in a messy revival on America’s West Coast, has gradually been attempting to articulate theologically what it thinks about a number of key issues.
One way in which it does this – beyond the Statement of Faith common to and shared among Vineyard Churches Internationally – is to release Position Papers, which tend to represent the settled and prayerful theological reflection of the National Leadership.
VUSA – the Vineyard churches in the USA – recently published a very helpful position paper on ‘Pastoring LGBT People’.
I host it here for reference, and because I’ve been involved in some conversations around this issue, around the world, and care deeply about truth. This is the seventh Position Paper released by Vineyard USA – hence it’s title below, PP7.
Readers of this paper should note the following in terms of my reflection on it to date: